*Brittany Ann*

5'3"; 22 y.o. - history geek - college student - writer - nerdfighter - Latina - damn yankee - not a real redhead - legally blind - Dean Pelton is my spirit animal

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Grand Duke George Alexandrovich was the lesser-known younger brother of Nicholas II. Born in 1871, the second surviving son of Tsar Alexander III and Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, he was named for his mother’s younger brother, King George of Greece. Georgy, as he was affectionately known was tall, unlike his brother Nicholas, handsome and full of fun. He was always getting into mischief and, because his mother had a great weakness for him, getting away with it.
But Georgy was also named the weeping willow, for he was often sickly, and in 1890, he contracted tuberculosis. Alexander III and Marie decided to send Nicholas and George on a nine month long trip to Japan, in the hopes it would educate Nicky, and improve George’s health. But for both brothers the trip proved fruitless; Nicholas narrowly escaped an assassination attempt and George’s health rapidly declined.
George was sent to his estate Abbas Tuman where he lived isolated and still seriously ill. His family visited him often and Nicholas would take his brother sleighing, play skittles and have lively dinners. When his father died in 1894, Nicholas succeeded the throne and George was Tsarevich. His mother spent long periods at Abbas Tuman which cheered them both to be together in sad times.
George also never got the opportunity to meet his nieces, Nicholas’ three daughters. In June 1899, George wrote to his brother:

‘I am terribly sad that I have not yet been able to see your daughters and get to know them; but what can I do! It means it’s not my fate, and everything is the will of God.’

In August of 1899, George set out from his estate on his beloved motorcycle, and did not return. His staff, worried, sent out searchers, and bad news was delievered back to Saint Petersburg. George had collapsed on the side of the road in the arms of a peasant woman, succumbed to his consumption. His death mortified and shocked his family, despite his long-suffering with the disease. On the lowering of his coffin into the grave, Marie, overcome with grief, loudly said, “Let’s go home. Let’s go home, I cannot stand it anymore!” and she rushed out. When a board was laid down for leaving the tomb, she went away so quickly that it was difficult for others to keep pace with her. Nobody even had enough time to throw flowers on to the tomb. In the carriage she sobbed for a long time, pressing to her breast Georgy’s hat that she took off the coffin’s cover.
Nicky always remembered Georgy and his wonderful sense of humour. He would tell great jokes that amused his brother very much. Nicholas would dutifully write out the best jokes on pieces of paper and save them in a box. Years later, the Tsar would be heard laughing by himself in his study, looking through his old box of George’s jokes.





Know where you stand.


I’ve always wondered about this

(Source: fer1972)

Things on Facebook that make me want to kill myself #5428

When fear-mongers start saying the US is becoming a communist country and then post pictures and quotes of Adolf Hitler.



Eventually I’m going to make a key for this so it’s possible to identify all the people and events I illustrated, but till then…see how many of these pictures from history ring a bell!

When I’m a teacher, I’m going to have this on a giant poster in my room.

Once and for all…



I seldom browse era tags on tumblr because I get a very great desire to reblog every mislabeled post and scream at the OP. But that would be overly aggressive, and if I’m going to be aggressive, I’d rather be passive-aggressive. Anyway, hopefully if I tag this with every conceivable era people might see it and learn something. Cause knowledge is power! Or, being a dumbass is bad. Whichever you prefer.

1.) Medieval / Middle Ages - social/political/economic/cultural era; generally between the 5th and 15th centuries

2.) Renaissance - social/political/economic/cultural era; generally between the 14th and the 16th centuries

3.) Tudor - of or relating to the reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary I of England, 1485-1558

4.) Elizabethan - of or relating to the reign of Elizabeth I of England, 1558-1603

5.) Jacobean - of or relating to the reign of James I/VI of England and Scotland, 1603-25

6.) Stuart - of or relating to the reigns of the Stuart monarchs in England/United Kingdom, 1603-1714

7.) Baroque - social/cultural era; ca. 1600-1700

8.) Colonial - of or relating to the period of European rule over the American colonies, 1607-1776

9.) Caroline - of or relating to the reign of Charles of I of England and Scotland, 1625-42

10.) Louis Quatorze - of or relating to the reign of Louis XIV of France, 1643-1715

11.) Commonwealth (Interregnum) - of or relating to the rule of Oliver Cromwell over the Commonwealth of England, 1649-60

12.) Restoration - of or relating to the restoration of the British monarchy and the reign of Charles II, 1660-85

13.) Georgian - of or relating to the reigns of George I, George II, George III, George IV, and William IV of the United Kingdom, 1714-1837

14.) Rococo - social/cultural era; ca. 1715-60

15.) Louis Quinze - of or relating to the reign of Louis XV of France, 1715-74

16.) Louis Seize - of or relating to the reign of Louis XVI of France, 1770-92

17.) Federal - American cultural era; ca. 1780-1830

18.) Antebellum - American political/social/economic/cultural era; 1789-1861

19.) Directoire - of or relating to the Directoire in France, 1795-99

20.) Consulate - of or relating to the Consulate in France, 1800-04

21.) Empire - of or relating to the First French Empire, 1804-15

22.) Regency - of or relating to the British Regency, 1811-20

23.) Biedermeier - Central European social/cultural era; 1815-48

24.) Romantic - cultural era; ca. 1825-40

25.) Victorian - of or relating to the reign of Victoria of the United Kingdom, 1837-1901

26.) Second Empire - of or relating to the Second French Empire, 1852-70

27.) Civil War - of or relating to the American Civil War, 1861-65

28.) Gilded Age - American social/political/economic/cultural era; ca. 1868-1900

29.) Belle Epoque - European social/cultural era; late 19th century to 1914

30.) Edwardian - of or relating to the reign of Edward VII of the United Kingdom, 1901-10, although it is usually extended to 1914

Remember that time I wrote this?

  • Elementary School: Here's a basic understanding of history and how the world works.
  • High School: Actually, that's not quite right. Everything is actually a whole lot more complicated than that.
  • History Channel: Aliens.

Why I Care About History


I don’t understand how I could not care about history, really. History is the collective experience of every single person who has ever walked on this world. From the smallest child, to the tallest man, every minuscule thought ever had, is a part of history. 

On the continuum of time, the present is but a dot on the line. History is everything before that dot. Every breath, every thought, every action, it’s all history.

So many people seem to disregard individuals when studying history, instead, they look at events. “This happened on this date because of this” but that’s just an extremely short summary of what really happened. The individual experience allows you to delve deeper into the tale. Every single person has their own story of what happened and that story is bred into their children, and their children’s children, and so on. These individual experiences are what shape the future. 

We are making history.

Our personal quirks, our rants, our flitting thoughts, and our actions all are a part of the worlds collective history. History is personal. 

It’s not the wars, or the invasions, or the revolutions that really matter (to me anyway). It’s the people who drove those events, the people who were affected by those events, and the people who changed the future because of those events, that matter. And those people? There’s so much more to them than what they did. It’s about what they thought, why they thought it, and what caused them to think that way. 

It’s like this interconnected web that’s much too complex for anyone to ever grasp. History is everything. Everything is history. And I think that’s what really intrigues me about it. 

I’ve always been a very curious person. I’m not necessarily interested in the how, but more of the why, you know? That’s something that’s really hard to answer. I don’t know. It’s just fascinating. People are fascinating. I want to know it all. 

This quote I found in Mark Mazower’s Hitler’s Empire this semester seems appropriate:

"Events bore me. Events are the froth of things. It is the sea which interests me." ~ Valery (poet) to Gerhard Heller

A Brief Introduction to Romani History


The Romani are an ethnic group living mostly in Europe, who trace their origins to the Indian Subcontinent. Romani are widely known in the English-speaking world by the exonym Gypsies 

Romani are widely dispersed, with their largest concentrated populations in Europe, especially the Roma of Central and Eastern Europe and Anatolia, followed by the Kale of Iberia and Southern France.

The Americas are also home to large numbers of Romani. There are an estimated one million Roma in the United States; 800,000 in Brazil, whose ancestors were deported by the government of Portugal during the colonial era; and in more recent migrations, Romani have also moved to other parts of the Americas.

The Romani language is divided into several dialects, which add up to an estimated number of speakers larger than two million. The total number of Romani people is at least twice as large (several times as large according to high estimates). Many Romani are native speakers of the language current in their country of residence, or of mixed languages combining the two.

As Romani were and still are marginalized in society, Romani history was and still is sidelined in mainstream history. Public knowledge about the history and culture of this nation, which numerically is the largest minority in Europe, is still marginal or nonexistent among ordinary people. 

Thus, the Council of Europe has produced a collection of pedagogical fact sheets on Romani history, culture and language which I have linked to below. They’re all pretty fascinating even though they can be long at times, I’d definitely recommend checking them out though!

My thesis adviser, Brigid O’Keeffe, is a historian and has done a lot of work on the history of the Romani people, particularly in Eastern Europe. She’s published some awesome articles on it and is nice enough to have shared with me some of her upcoming book (which is amaaaazing) on them.


I will forever be wondering who this guy was and what kind of repercussions he may have suffered for non-participation

This is intriguing…but to be honest, this dude might have just been scratching his leg at that moment. Or been really lazy, like my student who was too lazy to put his hand on his heart for the Pledge of Allegiance. Not to take away from the seriousness…but I wouldn’t make assumptions that this guy was oh-so-noble. Just as some of those people lifting their arms might have actually been secretly opposed to the government, printing out anti-Nazi pamphlets, and hiding Jews in their basement.


I will forever be wondering who this guy was and what kind of repercussions he may have suffered for non-participation

This is intriguing…but to be honest, this dude might have just been scratching his leg at that moment. Or been really lazy, like my student who was too lazy to put his hand on his heart for the Pledge of Allegiance. Not to take away from the seriousness…but I wouldn’t make assumptions that this guy was oh-so-noble. Just as some of those people lifting their arms might have actually been secretly opposed to the government, printing out anti-Nazi pamphlets, and hiding Jews in their basement.